Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that meal looks vastly different depending on what country you’re in. Whereas a typical breakfast in the United States might look relatively basic, consisting of scrambled eggs, cereal, or a bagel, breakfast in Colombia is notably heartier — a heavy soup made from milk, eggs, and potatoes. Created by Mattress Clarity and posted by Redditor IrwinRSchyster1, this chart shows the most popular breakfast foods in countries around the world.
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Some countries clearly value a healthy breakfast more than others. Switzerland, for example favors nutritious muesli — raw rolled oats mixed with grains, dried fruits, seeds, and nuts. In Spain, however, people eat chocolate con churros — doughnut-like fritters dipped in a thick hot chocolate. Bulgaria also prefers a substantial meal to start the day with banitsa, a pastry made by layering whisked egg and cheese between filo pastry.
Some of the more unexpected preferences include Jamaica’s ackee and catfish — salt cod sauteed with oiled ackee, onions, peppers, and tomatoes, and served with fried plantains. In Ghana, you’ll find a dish called ampesi, which might look more appropriate on the dinner table at Christmas. It consists of boiled yams, plantains, and a stew with spicy spinach gravy, onions, and fish.